(dpa) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will only attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics if China meets three conditions which include opening talks with the Dalai Lama, according to a cabinet member.
Human rights minister Rama Yade told Saturday's edition of the paper Le Monde that China must end violence against its population and release political prisoners, investigate the events in Tibet and talk with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.
Yade described these conditions as "essential for him (Sarkozy) to go" the opening ceremony on August 8.
Sarkozy has said on several occasions he could stay away from the opening ceremony. Yade said he will make his final decision based on the situation in China and after consultation with other European Union countries.
Sarkozy will be president of the EU from July 1 onwards.
Yade's statements came amid reports of new unrest in China and two days before the Olympic flame passes through Paris as part of the torch relay for the Beijing Games.